Mandarin should replace Irish in our schools, says Costelloe
Designer Paul Costelloe is convinced by 'fashionomics' and the business opportunities in China -- which is why he wants the Irish schools system to drop Irish and offer Mandarin as a choice in the curriculum.
"I love Ireland and I use Irish fabrics all the time but I don't think Irish should be compulsory now and students of the future should be offered the option to learn Mandarin because that is where the future lies," he said.
The Dubliner has his business eye set "firmly" on the American and Eastern markets after an 'annus horribilis' in which two major companies he was working with went under in the recession.
But Costelloe was positive about the future when he came to Dublin yesterday to launch his new Belvedere jewellery collection for NJO Designs.
"It was a double whammy, a testing time, but I'm stronger for all that happened," said Costelloe, who starts selling his spring summer 2012 collection in London next week.